Class for Minnesota Stepmothers

10 09 2009

If you live in the Twin Cities and want to meet other stepmoms and learn about stepfamily dynamics from one of the best, check out Dr. Ann Orchard’s upcoming workshops for stepmothers. I took the class myself when my husband and I first discussed marriage and it was a life saver!

The class will be held on Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Colonial Church of Edina in Edina, Minn. from September 22 to October 27.

If you’re interested, call 952-848-2297, email or visit Orchard Psychologists.

Dating a divorced man with kids?

15 12 2008

A vast majority of newly married couples report they did not have conversations about important topics such as money, sex or the number of children each person wants before the marriage license is signed. Part of the conflict that arises in the first few years of marriage comes from problems in these areas that were never discussed during the courtship stage of the relationship. If you are dating a man with children it is absolutely critical that the two of you put everything on the table long before you decide to move in together or tie the knot. The fact is, remarriages have a higher rate of failure than first marriages because the stressors that come with stepfamily dynamics can erode the marriage. The more armed you are with information, the better!

You can find many conversation starters in my book at the end of each chapter in the Discussion Topics for Two sections. I also came across a free teleseminar that you might find of interest:

Yvonne Kelly, founder of The Step and Blended Family Institute and David Steele, founder of The Relationship Coaching Institute are presenting a free teleseminar on Thursday, January 22, from 9-11 p.m. EST. Register at to reserve your spot and they’ll send you a copy of the Stepdating Report.